|Susan Rodham Sylvester|
|Age:|| 53 (age 15 in 1976, revealed in a deleted scene in Mash Off)|
|Birthday:||June 30, 1961/1980|
|Weight:||161 lbs (73 kg)|
|Occupation(s):|| Yoga Instructor |
Former Glee Club Co-Coach
Former Cheerios Coach
Former Aural Intensity Coach
Former Booty Camp Director
|Aliases:|| Coach Sylvester, Miss Sylvester, Principal Sylvester (students)|
Lady, Jolene, All Coffee And No Omelette, A Tall Pretty Blonde (Shannon)
Susie, Susie Q, Suze (Doris)
Susan (Doris, Rod)
Miss Sue; Mija (Imelda)
Dragon Lady (Kurt)
Sylvester, Sexy Lady, Susie (Will)
Sue Syvlester (Tattooist)
General Zod (League of Doom)
Ajax, Mighty Greek Warrior (herself, Throwdown)
Original Recipe Sue (herself, Choke)
The man in the video (Youtube user)
Cheerleads With Wolves (Will, as Sue in Tina's dream)
A Menace to the State of Ohio (Principal Figgins, Glease)
Susie (Darryl, deleted scene in Mash Off)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Mr. Sylvester (father; deceased) |
Doris Sylvester (mother)
Jean Sylvester (sister; deceased)
Robin Sylvester (daughter)
|Relationships:|| Mario (ex-boyfriend)|
Cooter Menkins (ex-boyfriend)
|Friends:|| Becky Jackson|
Terri Del Monico
|Pet(s):||Venus Fly Trap|
|Employer:|| Mr. McClung|
Principal Figgins (Former)
|Employees:|| Imelda (House Maid) |
Terri Del Monico (League of Doom)
Sandy Ryerson (League of Doom)
Dustin Goolsby (League of Doom)
Other WMHS Staff
|Enemies:|| Andrea Carmichael|
Mary Lou Retton (as mentioned in Grilled Cheesus)
Reggie "The Sauce" Salazar (congress opponent)
The rapist running in prison (congress opponent)
Anyone White (congress opponent)
Mr. I don't care, don't call me during dinner (congress opponent)
|Interests:||Bullying people, winning, extreme taxidermy, tantric yelling, poking the elderly with pins|
|Talent:|| Hair Jokes about Will Schuester |
Top 700 Recording Artist
Mocking/Bullying other staff/students
|Vulnerabilities:|| Being mocked and humiliated by others|
Metaphors that don't make sense
Cracks about her hair
|Portrayer:|| Jane Lynch|
Colby Minifie (Young Sue, deleted scene)
Matthew Morrison (Tina's Dream)
Susan Rodham "Sue" Sylvester is a main character on Glee. She is the former coach of the McKinley High school Cheerios cheerleading club and founder of the Muckrakers Club and League of Doom as well as the Old Maid's Club and currently is the permanent principal of McKinley High School. Sue was at one point the coach of Aural Intensity, before their loss at Regionals in 2011. She also bullies kids on a daily basis.
Sue wanted to destroy the school's glee club, the New Directions, and their teacher, Will Schuester, attempting to bring it down at any cost. She had a disabled sister named Jean, who she often spent time with. Jean brought out her kinder side, and passed away in the Season Two episode Funeral. As a result, Sue announced she will no longer try to bring down the Glee Club - and instead decides to focus on politics. When her campaign as congress fails and later Roz Washington, the coach of the McKinley swimming team, takes over the cheerios because Sue wasn't present for them, she is kicked from being the cheerleading coach, but deals with Principal Figgins, that if she can win a Nationals championship with the glee club, she wants her cheerios back. When the New Directions win, Sue is back on top with her title as winner of two national championships, her cheerios and the glee club.
Sue is the main antagonist of Glee, and is often seen as the villainous teacher who likes to shake them up. On many occasions she, usually inadvertently, inspires Will.
She is highly critical, constantly reprimanding other students, faculty, and her Cheerios - and still manages to be one of the most loved characters of the show.
Sue has a strong disliking for most of the New Directions kids, but seems to have taken a liking for Kurt, protecting him against Karofsky and other bullies, resigning as principal out of protest, when Karofsky is allowed back. And when he told her to stop calling her "Lady," she listened. In Comeback, when Will mentions Kurt and the Warblers, she sadly whispers, "Sweet Porcelain." In Sexy, she seemed to have thought they were allies, until Kurt quickly informed her otherwise.
Sue became pregnant somewhere between The Spanish Teacher and On My Way. In Big Brother, she finds out that her child is female and has a high risk of having Down syndrome, similar to how her sister Jean and cheerio of hers, Becky, the two people closest to her, had Down syndrome. Her baby is introduced in The New Rachel and is named Robin. Sue was fired from McKinley in Shooting Star after covering for Becky who accidentally fired a gun causing the school to go into emergency lock-down, but returned in Love, Love, Love when she made Figgins get fired after police found sexual suggestives magazines in his office, and because Becky previously confessed about the gun accident (back in Lights Out).
She is portrayed by actress Jane Lynch.
Due to the Cheerio's increasing budget, the teachers' coffee machine was temporarily taken away. To make up for it, Sue brings Will and Ken lattes. When Will asks if he could have some of her cheerleaders join the Glee Club, Sue tells him that in high school certain people fall into different spots, the Cheerleaders and Athletes are at the top, the smart kids are at the bottom and the Glee Club kids are below them. However, when her and some of her Cheerios see the glee club kids singing Don't Stop Believin' she becomes jealous of them, and tries to get Principal Figgins to cancel Glee club.
Sue thereafter tries to disband the Glee club. Sue informs Will that unless Glee club makes it to Nationals, Principal Figgins will cut them. She later catches Finn and Rachel using her copy machine and wants them kicked out, but her efforts are blocked by Will. After the Glee club does a really offensive version of Push It, Sue is the first to complain, almost getting Glee club shut down. When Quinn Fabray, Santana Lopez, and Brittany Pierce also join Glee Club, she orders them to become spies for her.
With the Cheerios updating Sue about the Glee club she learns that Will hadn't been showing up for practices and the club's members were considering hiring Dakota Stanley, a cruel yet amazing choreographer that taught Vocal Adrenaline. The Cheerio spies thought that this would convince all of the weaker members of the club to quit. However, Dakota's fee was much too expensive for the club to pay, so Sue allowed her Cheerios to help with a car wash to support the Glee club as part of her ultimate goal to disband it. However they fired Dakota and Will came back, allowing Glee club to continue on as normal. Sue, however, was not happy with her Cheerios for failing to bring down the Glee club.WOHN News 8), named Sue's Corner. However, she learns that unless her Cheerios make it to nationals, Sue's Corner will be cancelled.
The two set up a school musical, to get Rachel to audition for. Subsequently, they give the part to her. When Will gives Rachel's solo to Tina Cohen-Chang, Rachel quits the Glee Club. Sue later finds out that Sandy has been yelling at Rachel, and tries to convince her that she is a horrible singer so that he could write himself into the musical, instead of Rachel. Rachel agrees to rejoin Glee club, but after hearing that Quinn is pregnant, she confronts Sue and says that if she wants her to return, there would have to be some changes made. Sue agrees with her completely and gives her control of the musical. However, Rachel ends up rejoining Glee club.
Sue is seen writing in her journal where she talks about a "recent disaster" where Quinn's leg quivered during a practice. She writes that the quiver would cost her Nationals unless she stops the Glee club, because Quinn's excuse for quivering was that she was tired from Glee Club. She decides to blame Will Schuester for it. She thinks if she fails at ruining Glee Club, she can try to ruin Will. So, she talks to his wife Terri Del Monico about Will's relationship with Emma Pillsbury. Growing suspicious, Terri gets a job as the school nurse despite having no medical experience. She gives all of the Glee club members performance enhancers so Principal Figgins decides that they need a co-director, for which he chooses Sue.Hate on Me, with Mercedes singing the solos. Sue also finds out that her Cheerios are not academically eligible to be cheerleaders, because Will flunked them all to sabotage her. Instead of reporting this to school officials, Sue gives back to Will full control of the Glee Club. Sue also forces Jacob Ben Israel to reveal to her that Quinn is pregnant.
Sue finds a new relationship with Rod Remington, a fellow co-worker at the news station she films "Sue's Corner" at. He wants to take her a "swing" dancing competition, so Sue gets dance lessons from Will, building a friendship. Sue finds out that Rod is cheating on her with Rod's partner news anchor, Andrea Carmichael, ending their "relationship." This break-up puts Sue in a bad mood again, abruptly ending her and Will's friendship, to no surprise. She kicks Quinn off the cheerleading squad for being pregnant, which she was not going to do when Rod had put her in a good mood.
Sue is forced to hold an open audition for the Cheerios, having removed Quinn. Kurt, Mercedes and some other students try out, but she refuses all of them. Except when Becky Jackson, a girl with down-syndrome tries out. Sue accepts her to Will's surprise, ending the auditions. Principal Figgins wants to take money from the school's different budgets to get more handicap ramps, but Sue thinks it is a horrible idea, refusing to give up any money. In the end of the episode, Sue suddenly pays Figgins for three new ramps. Later on, it is revealed that Sue's sister, Jean, has Down syndrome as well, and Sue's visit inspired her more generous side, which lead to her helping the handicapable kids at McKinley.
Sue forces Will to give her the set list, even threatening to come back as Co-Director of the Glee Club. Will gives in, handing over the set list, which she immediately takes to the other directors of the Glee Clubs competing show choirs.
Sue convinces Principal Figgins to not let the Glee Club have a picture in the Thunderclap yearbook. She says that having a picture of the Glee Club in the Thunderclap would give the other students another change to bully the kids in Glee. Will is angry, and has to buy a small ad in the yearbook just so the Glee Club can be shown. Rachel, not satisfied with the small picture in the yearbook, casts the Glee Club in a mattress commercial. Sue sees the advertisement and has Glee Club's amateur status revoked, almost disqualifying New Directions from Sectionals, but Will accepts the free mattresses given to them, disqualifying him from Sectionals and saving Glee Club. Quinn labels Sue a hypocrite in front of her, because Sue has kept the Cheerios amateur performers even thought they had been given large amounts of gifts such as shoes, haircuts, and complimentary tanning. Quinn forces Sue to give up one of the Cheerios' six yearbook pages to the Glee Club. Sue likes her fierceness and accepts Quinn back on the Cheerios for the yearbook photo, but Quinn surprisingly refuses, as she wants to be in a group that wants her there, like Glee Club.
Will finds out that Sue leaked the set list to the other teams. The evidence builds up and is given to Principal Figgins by Will, Grace Hitchens the Jane Addams director, and Dalton Rumba, the Haverbrook director. Furious, Figgins decides to suspend Sue from the position of cheerleading coach. Sue decides to take a vacation to her condo in Boca, and come back tanner, muscular, and even more hell-bent on Glee Club's destruction.
Following the suspension from her position at William McKinley High School, as seen in "Sectionals," Sue blackmails Principal Figgins, slipping him a date rape drug and taking an incriminating photograph of them in a compromising position. He allows her to return to work at the school, where she immediately returns to plotting to bring down the glee club. She also has a secret plan to get rid of Rachel by having Santana and Brittany seduce Finn.
Sue then blackmails Figgins into playing Madonna's hits over the loud speaker all day long, and tells her Cheerios they have to find younger men like Madonna dated. This inspires Will, and angers Sue, leading the hair insults to start up again. The insults backfire, having Will come back at her short hair. She then reveals to Kurt and Mercedes that she used chemicals in her hair when she was a little girl to bleach her hair like Madonna, as her album "True Blue" was released on Sue's sixth birthday (this reveals that she was born June 30, 1980). This leads Kurt and Mercedes to give her a makeover and recreate Madonna's Vogue video.
Sue owns the auditorium for a week for the Cheerios, because she gonna have an interview. Also instructs Kurt and Mercedes to lose weight, especially Mercedes.
Kurt finds a video of Sue Sylvester dancing to Physical. After Finn posts it on the Internet, it circulates around the school quickly. She then complains to Principal Figgins about the situation and presents the "Glist." It is a list based a hotness quotient. In the teacher's lounge, she immediately clashes with new teacher Brenda Castle. Castle even makes a point to laugh at her. Everyone is laughing about her which means no one is afraid of her anymore. Realizing how it is to be laughed at, she apologizes to her sister for not protecting her more. After that, Sue becomes a counselor to Emma and helped her confront Will about cheating. After the endless laughter from everyone, Sue thought it was karma getting back at her for what she did to everyone. Kurt confronts her about posting the video, but Sue thanks him. It turns out she got a call from Olivia Newton-John and they both sing Physical in a video. It makes her become a top 700 recording artist and gets back at the teachers by showing it to them. Sue confronts her sister and tells her she just needed an attitude change and the only person she needed to persuade is her. She gives her cut of the profits to her sister's nursing home.
Sue advises Kurt to get his father. Also tell Mercedes that nobody quits Cheerios, you either die or she will kick you off.
Sue had sex with Bryan Ryan. Sue, again try to make impossible Will's life, saying that Bryan got a minor.
Will, tired of Sue, takes revenge on her, seducing her and then dump her on a date. Then Sue depressed, is revived by the same Will.
It is revealed that she will be one of the four celebrity judges at the Regionals. This knowledge puts New Directions in a state of despair as Sue is finally in the position to ensure that they do not place at Regionals and therefore, ending Glee Club. At Regionals, Sue makes it seem like she wants to put New Directions in last place. However, after the other judges make harsh remarks about New Directions, she attempts to come to their defense.The other judges then write her off, stating that it's laughable that she's considered a celebrity. After the votes are placed, Sue is the one chosen to read the results revealing Aural Intensity came in second and Vocal Adrenaline placed first, meaning New Directions came in last and, due to Will's deal with Figgins, would be forced to disband. As Will is emptying out the former Glee Club room, Sue approaches him and begins bragging about how she has proven that she can wipe Glee Club off the face of the earth. She then states that while she doesn't like Will, she truly admires the work he has done with his students. It is then revealed that she was actually the sole vote for New Directions at the competition. Then, when they failed to place, she promised Figgins to never mention their "affair" ever again in exchange for giving Glee Club one more year.
Sue seems truly done with trying to end Glee Club. When Principal Figgins informs Sue and Will that they will each be losing ten percent of their budget to the new football coach, Sue immediately decides that she must stop her. In doing so, she teams up with Will and they both begin bullying Coach Beiste in hopes that she will be unable to cope and resign, thus restoring their budgets. Sue goes so far as to get Brittany to accuse Coach Beiste of inappropriate touching and recommends Beiste be fired and placed on the last train to London registration list, however Will convinces Brittany to admit that she had made the story up before any damage is done. Sue then presents Shannon with a "peace offering" of cookies made with dog poop. When Will tells Sue he is no longer going to bully Shannon, Sue immediately contacts Dustin Goolsby, the new director of Vocal Adrenaline, to have him lure potential star, Sunshine Corazon, out of New Directions.
Sue catches Jacob Ben Israel masturbating to a video of his interview with Rachel while she was wearing an outfit from Baby One More Time and concludes that Britney Spears brings out the animal in people. When New Directions perform Toxic at the homecoming assembly (another Britney Spears song), seeing as the students are enjoying the performance, she declares that the assembly had turned into a "Britney Spears sex riot" and pulls the fire alarm, causing students to run into her. She, of course, blames the injury she got as a result of pulling the alarm on Will and informs him that she will be contacting a lawyer and suing him. No more has been heard of the lawsuit since.
When New Directions begin singing religious songs, she goes to Principal Figgins citing separation of church and state to try to force them to stop. Surprisingly, Figgins sides with Will believing that students should be allowed to practice whatever faith they choose. She then tries to appeal to the school board, but cannot do anything without an official complaint from a student. She convinces Kurt to be the one to file the complaint. Emma furiously storms into Sue's office and demands to know why she wants to take away what could be his only comfort in his time of need. It is revealed that she doesn't believe in God because when she was younger, she prayed for her sister to get better, but nothing ever changed. She further states that she believes convincing someone to believe in a fantasy, however comforting it may be, is cruel. However, after a conversation with her sister, Sue becomes emotional explaining to her why she doesn't believe in God. Jean then simply states that she believes God makes no mistakes and asks Sue if she would like if she prayed for her, to which Sue says yes. At the end of the episode, she watches the kids sing One of Us. When Will asks if she will report him, she says she won't.
Sue doesn't like the fact that the Glee club is doing Rocky Horror, because Halloween is her favorite holiday. But when two studio officers offer her a special engagement for a local Emmy, she is all over doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She helps cast Eddie and Frank-n-Furter, and re wrote the script.
Sue does not have that big a role, but upon learning that Coach Beiste quit, she calls Will to the auditorium and shoots off two confetti machines, laughing maniacally.Lauren Zizes' sickness to infect Figgins and becomes acting principal. She takes the chance to totally abuse her power and begins a war on junk food, banning tater tots, which angers Mercedes, who stuffs her LeCar (apparently one of seven existing cars in the world) tailpipe with tots. Sue also began to get along with Holly Holliday, Will's Spanish class and Glee club substitute. By the end of the episode, after Holly admits that she doesn't really know what she's doing, Sue (after firing Will) reinstates him.
Learning that Rod is engaged to Andrea, which he announces on the air, she immediately reports that she will be married - to herself. This wedding brings her Nazi-hunting mother Doris Sylvester (Carol Burnett) to town. Meanwhile, still principal, Sue expels Dave Karofsky after hearing that the latter threatened to kill Kurt. But the school board overrides her decision and she resigns as principal in protest, promising Kurt that she will try her best to protect him. But Kurt is too terrified of Karofsky and transfers to Dalton Academy. With the wedding taking place at home, Sue "uninvites" Doris after Doris frequently remarks that the whole wedding is ridiculous.
Sue rigs the staff Secret Santa—swaps the name draw for one that has only her name—to get more presents. What she's done is uncovered by Will and Beiste, who take back the presents in order to donate them to needy children. Will's last words to her as he walks out, triumphant, are "you're a Grinch, Sue," thus inspiring her next move: dress up as the Grinch (Becky as her rein-dog) and wreak havoc on the choir room. It's done in a manner mimicking the actual Grinch movies. Brittany even comes in and takes the place of the little Who girl the Grinch talks to as Santa. At the end, as the Glee Club sings Fahoo Doray, she feels Christmas spirit herself, and gets the Glee Club kids to come with her decorate Will's house.
Sue forces Santana, Brittany and Quinn to choose between Glee Club and the Cheerios. She also tries to fire Brittany out of a cannon. This ultimately leads to her losing her three star cheerleaders to Glee Club, and leads to her vendetta against Will, and goal to destroy the Glee Club to both grow in intensity.
After New Directions perform Tik Tok, and watching that the kids are actually drunk, she receives a call from Will (who tried to actually call Emma) and tells her that he loves her (believing she's Emma) and other things. Sue, in revenge, releases Will's message, leaving him awfully embarrassed.
Sue makes a brief appearance at The Lima Bean where she confides to Sweet Porcelain (and Blaine), that the Glee Club is doing "sexy." Kurt denies that they're either allies or friends, which Sue seems to have been assuming (after trying to protect Kurt from Karofsky, expelling the bully then resigning as Principal to protest his return to the school. Kurt hadn't forgotten everything else Sue had done to Glee Club prior, though.) and he doesn't buy into her destroy-the-Glee-Club antics. Interestingly, Blaine does.
Sue tells Will that she has chosen songs that will appeal to each specific judge. The song is later revealed to be Jesus Is My Friend, targeted toward the religious judges. She is then seen at Regionals watching the glee clubs, and after she figures out that Aural Intensity lost, and the New Directions won, she punches Carla Turlington Stevens (the governor's wife), in the face, knocking her out.
Sue recruits Dustin Goolsby from Vocal Adrenaline, Sandy Ryerson and Terri Delmonico in a group called League of Doom. She makes the group in order to destroy New Directions and Will Schuester. After Dustin and Sandy fails their missions, she orders Terri to take actions.
Sue tells Terri that she has resuscitated McKinley High's newspaper (the Muckracker) and the publication will ignore the facts. This proves true - the next issue runs a load of gossip primarily about the glee kids. Later, the we find out that the questions Brittany interviews Will with were written by Sue, who asks Will why exactly he's helping April (who had come back to recruit Will to Broadway with her).
We learn in Prom Queen that Sue is the prom coordinator. When Figgins informs her that New Directions will be performing at prom, Sue is initially against it, but agrees as long as the club will not perform the worst numbers they've ever done. Later, Sue is seen guarding the punch bowl in case anyone should try to spike it. When Artie does try (per Puck's orders), she drags him to his office and threatens to pull out some of his teeth if he does not tell her who told him to spike it. Artie is narrowly saved from having his teeth pulled out when Becky informs Sue that Finn and Jesse have started fighting in the gym. Sue then throws them both out, despite Quinn's protests.
Finn and Kurt are in the nursing home with Sue, sorting through her sister Jean's belongings. Kurt discovers a copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which Sue says Jean would watch at least three times a week. Sue takes only one stuffed animal, saying that she doesn't need any more mementos of Jean and that she only asked the Glee Club to plan the funeral to make sure the service would be full, since Jean didn't know a lot of people.
As Sue arrives at the funeral home with Will, she discovers the club has decorated the casket with props from Jean's favorite movie. As she tries to eulogize her sister Sue breaks down and is unable to continue. Mr Schuester takes over and gives the speech- which is shown to move the kids to tears:
- "I miss my sister. Every night at 10 or so, she used to call me on the phone, and when I asked her why, she'd tell me that her body told her... she wanted to hear my voice. I miss my sister. The smell of her shampoo. The way she could always convince me to read her another book. When you love someone like I loved her, they're a part of you; it's like you're attached by this invisible tether and no matter how far away you are, you can always feel them. And now every time I reach for that tether I know there's no one on the other end and I feel like I'm falling into nothingness. Then I remember Jean. I remember a life led with no enemies, no resentments, no regrets and I'm inspired to get up out of bed and go on. I miss my sister so much it feels like piece of me has been ripped off. Just one more time I want to hold her. Ten more seconds— is that too much to ask? For ten more seconds to hold her? But I can't and I won't and the only thing keeping me from being swallowed whole by sadness is that Jean would kill me if I did. So for now I'm just going to miss her. I love you Jeanny. Rest in peace."
After the funeral, Sue thanks Will for all that he's done, and apologies to him for being a bully and not the kind of friend that they both deserved. She tell him how Jean, despite not knowing Will, always defended him to Sue and feels that Jean would want her to move past her petty vendetta against him. She then informs Will that she would be running for political office in order do something about the insane levels of health care costs that unfortunately burdened Jean during most of her life.
Sue runs for congress on a platform of cutting the arts in schools. Becky tells her the news that she is in 9th place with 6% of the votes, which leads her to the decision that she needs to appeal to people by fighting against something. Her annoyance at the purple pianos leads her to base her campaign on cutting the arts in schools. She records a new Sue's Corner in which she states her new vendetta against the arts in public schools. She directs new cheerleading co-captains, Santana and Becky to sabotage the pianos being used for the glee club recruitment drive. At the cheerleading tryouts, Will glitterbombs Sue, with Emma videoing, saying that cutting the arts from schools will make things worse for students.
Sue features Quinn in an anti-arts commercial for her congressional campaign.
Sue only watches Run the World (Girls).
Sue's run for congress picks up steam. She was able to persuade Principal Figgins to stop funding for the school's production of West Side Story. She is furious when she discovers that Burt is running against her, and promises to beat him.
Sue starts a smear campaign to ruin the candidacy of Burt Hummel, her biggest rival. She, along with Will and Burt, tell Santana about Reggie Salazar's campaign ad that will out her as a lesbian. Sue apologizes to Santana saying that she was responsible for the tone of the campaign and that she failed to consider the consequences.
Sue realizes that her sexuality is now under scrutiny, thanks to Salazar's campaign ad. She goes through her little black book of booty calls to find herself a man to bolster her campaign image. She chooses Cooter Menkins. When Shannon Beiste sees Sue and Cooter at Breadstix, she asks them if they are dating. Cooter confirms it while Sue smiles. Burt Hummel wins the election while Sue came in third. Cooter asks what this means for him and Sue, and Shannon says that she wants to know the same thing. Sue says that having Cooter as a boyfriend is the best thing that has happened to her since she met Becky Jackson. Shannon claims that she won't give up Cooter without a fight.
Sue asks Artie, Kurt, and Blaine to come with her to the homeless shelter and sing for the homeless, because this is her first Christmas without Jean, and she wants to keep her mind occupied. Later, Sue verifies with New Directions that they can come on Friday, but Artie points out that their Christmas special is on that day, so they can't make it. On Friday, Sue is at the homeless shelter with Quinn and Sam and points out that they won't have enough food. New Directions shows up with a turkey and asks to sing a song, Sue says they can as long as it's not Jingle Bells, because that's the only song the janitor has been playing all night, she enjoys New Directions performance of Do They Know It's Christmas?.
Sue gives Becky advice on how to get Artie, but says that she could do better. She is shocked and disappointed when she finds out that Shannon and Cooter eloped, and when Emma complains that she wants to marry Will, Sue tells her to just ask him. She then sings backup for Wedding Bell Blues with Bieste. Artie confronts sue when Becky sexts him, and she tells him that if he doesn't want to go out with Becky, he should treat her like a normal person and tell her, so she can move on. Sue gives Emma a flower during We Found Love along with Beiste and other people. Sue helps comfort Becky when Artie dumps her by eating ice cream and watching TV, since they both lost someone.
Figgins informs Sue that there is a student complaint about her. Roz Washington is also in the room to provide some constructive criticism about her Cheerios. The Cheerios perform a routine with Roz's updated moves as Sue looks on with annoyance. She confronts Roz with her theory that she is waiting for Sue to go on maternity leave to take her job. Roz is shocked by the idea and tells her to "wake up and smell the menopause," along with a string of insults. Roz says she doesn't need to steal Sue's job because she is convinced Figgins is going to give it to her.
Emma hands Sue a pamphlet titled "Please Don't Hog My Fiancee's Nog," and tells her how inappropriate her request was. Emma asks why she asked Will. Sue admits it is because of her own mean streak compared with Will's ability to always be good and optimistic in the face of her insults.
Sue confronts Santana, assuming she lodged the complaint against her because of her decision to make Becky the co-captain. Santana also expresses shock at Sue's comment that she's planning to have a baby. Sue tells Will she's found a better donor than him.
Becky gives Sue an injection for her fertility treatments and then confesses to making the complaint against Sue. Becky is worried that Sue isn't as focused on the Cheerios as she used to be. Sue thanks her for the feedback, and Becky tells her she's going to be a great mom. Sue smiles as Becky leaves.
In a faculty meeting to discuss Karofsky's attempted suicide, Sue begins to cry. She initially blames it on hormones, but she then admits she is disappointed in herself. She points out that she was the principal dealing with Kurt and Karofsky's situation and she knew something was off about Karofsky.
Later, Sue calls Quinn back into her office and tells her that she admires her and gives her a Cheerios uniform. Sue later meets Will at the wedding and congratulates him for winning Regionals. She says she wants to help will win Nationals.
Figgins tells Sue the he is making Roz Washington the co-coach of the Cheerios. Roz proceeds to insult Sue at length. She questions Figgins' decision, but he declares that with the pregnancy, she hasn't been able to keep up with her duties to ensure a National Championship for the Cheerios. She guarantees him a National Championship, but instead of the Cheerios, her promise is for the New Directions. She takes over Booty Camp, and in typical fashion is mean to all of them, including throwing Mercedes' phone into the seats causing it to shatter because she was texting. She describes them as "nothing, but a coven of tardy; narcissistic bloated bags of cellulite who will stab each other in the back at the first glimpse of a solo in a competition hosted by a late night horror movie host."
Will suggests that they should be trying to inspire the kids, not crush them. She mentions to Will and Emma that she will be going to her doctor's appointment to find out the sex of the baby. They offer to go with her because they feel no one should be alone for such an important milestone. The amniocentesis results show that the baby is a girl, however there are some irregularities. Later, Becky shows up in Sue's office. When Becky says that she heard about Sue's baby, she assumes that Becky is aware of the "irregularities." Becky indicates that she only heard that the baby is a girl. Sue confirms that it is a girl, "just like you," likely indicating that the irregularities in the amnio show that the baby could have Down Syndrome. Becky gives Sue a parenting tip. "Try to work on your patience."
Sue resumes leading Booty Camp, refusing to answer the unasked question of which celebrity is the father of her baby. She says that she behaved badly, but she is hoping that some of the glee club's optimism and decency will rub off on her unborn child.
Sue convinces Will to make New Directions perform songs from the album of Saturday Night Fever and offer the winners a prize. She then participates in the performance of Night Fever with the rest of New Directions. Later on, she tries to convince Kurt and Mercedes to give Wade high heels and tell him to dress as a woman at Regionals so that Vocal Adrenaline will lose. Then she helps Santana plan for a scholarship at Louisville with the help of Brittany. She performs with New Directions at the end of the episode with Stayin' Alive.Cell Block Tango, saying it provides the wrong message. She and Roz confront Shannon about leaving during the performance. Shannon admits that Cooter did give her the black eye. Roz asks why she didn't fight him back, but Shannon says she's not a violent person. Sue tells her she has to get out of the house. Shannon admits she's afraid to leave him because she doesn't think anybody else will ever love her. Sue tells her that she can stay with her that night. Sue confronts Shannon that she didn't stay at her house. Shannon says she spent the night moving in with her sister, though it is later revealed that she eventually went back to give Cooter another chance.
At the prom, Sue offers to bring her to prom and make her deputy in charge of protecting the punch bowl. Sue encourages the students to try her special "Prombrosia" punch, saying she believes it's her best batch ever. One of the ingredients is Visine. Sue breaks up a near-fight between Finn and Joe, asking if she's going to have to eject Finn from yet another prom. When Tina gets punch, Sue accuses her of trying to spike the punch. She is pleased to see Becky proudly walk in with the makeshift crown on that Puck made for her. Becky distracts her as Puck finally manages to fulfill his dream of spiking the punch.Nationals, but Kurt refuses. She continues to act as though Kurt will comply when she and Will announce the setlist, including Kurt leading The Troubletones as "Porcelina." She also claims to have been Jennifer Beals' body double in Flashdance as she introduces welding props for Flashdance... What A Feeling. Sue switches with Will during Tina's Dream. After the dream, Sue screams out choreography direction for Flashdance and admonishes them as an unmitigated disaster. Sue shows secret footage Kurt obtained of Vocal Adrenaline and Unique. She continues to insist that one of the boys must dress in drag for the competition. Because Kurt won't "be a team player," she tells the group that she has ordered eighteen little people to use in the performance. Puck walks in dressed in a dress and blonde wig. Sue respects his commitment, but says he's the ugliest woman she's ever seen, saying she thought Puck was Beiste's sister. Shannon walks into Sue's office with a suitcase saying she wants to be a chaperone for Nationals. When Sue questions that she already packed a bag, she admits she left Cooter. Sue gets up to hug her
When Will and some girls are helping Mercedes while the latter is sick in Nationals, Sue is present, and she promises to help Mercedes get back on her feet, which she succeeds at: Mercedes is able to perform at the competition. Sue sits in the audience to watch this competition later on. After the New Directions win Nationals, she is told by Figgins that she can stay head of the Cheerios, because she helped them to win. In a hallway scene, she tells Emma and Will that she knows she became teacher of the year again because Becky read the results, which is a lie, however, because the award goes to Will. Sue smiles and congratulates for Will's win, genuinely happy for him, she mouths the words to We Are The Champions.Roz Washington as she congratulates Sue. After that Quinn comes to give her uniform back. Sue gives it back, telling her she is retiring the uniform. Sue shares that she thought Quinn reminded her of herself, but knows how different she is. Knowing that she will go far and can't wait to be able to say she knew her back in the day. Quinn hugs Sue as her way of saying goodbye, both crying. Sue can be seen at Graduation along with Will and Coach Beiste to watch the Glee kids graduate. Sue hugs Will with her happy expressions.
Sue informs Will that with Glee Club's new popularity he must be ruthless about accepting new students. Later she introduces Kurt to her baby, Robin and also to her "new head bitch," Kitty, who insults Kurt. She tells him not to listen to her even though it is what the whole school thinks and congratulates Kurt on defeating the social stereotype that only jocks wonder around school after they graduate.
Sue kicks Brittany off the Cheerios after her performance of Hold It Against Me because she has a low GPA. She is later seen watching in horror, the Glee Club’s performance of Gimme More. Brittany later visits her and informs her that she as president orders Sue to reinstate her as a cheerleader. Sue informs her that her plans is terrible, but reveals she is impressed that Brittany actually possesses some logic. She agrees to reinstate her if she improves her grades and can graduate. Brittany reveals to her that she is being tutored by Will and Emma and achieved a C- grade on her exam. Sue then lets Brittany back in the cheerios.
Sue interrupts Will as he tries to come up with themes for the setlist at Sectionals. She declares his ideas terrible. She then tells him he never had any good ideas, but instead only was chasing his childhood dream of a National Championship which is now over. She then attempts to crush his optimism and says he'll be an alcoholic, morbidly obese, or both in a few years. She then encourages him to quit and go for a new career, suggesting moving on to careers in motivational hot air balloon posters and pedophile birthday clown.Sue moderates the presidential debates in front of a small crowd indicating Figgins is out due to "religious fever." She mentions two wrinkles to this year's contest, mentioning that the candidates are all Glee Club members and that there is a meaningless addition of vice presidential candidates. She is frustrated by Artie's extensive response to her question, "Who in God's name gives a hot, wet, steamy dump about student government?" She announces the winner of the presidential election. She asks Becky to give a xylophone flourish, but she just stares at her.
As Sue exercises in her office, Will interrupts her to say he is taking some of her advice and has mailed in an application to join an arts education panel. He says he needs a colleague recommendation letter. Sue interrupts him to say she already wrote it. He reads the letter full of untrue praise. She says she wants him out of the school, and she thinks she even means it in a good way for a change.Wade and Marley are discussing the musical roles. She informs them that at first she thought they were two girls talking, but then realized that Wade was in the bathroom. She nicknames them Tina "Stomach" Turner and Urethra Franklin. She tries to give Marley a mean nickname, but fails to think of one and leaves. Later she is seen in Figgins' office arguing with Finn about his casting of Wade/Unique as Rizzo in Grease. Finn counters this by calling her a bigot to which she states that she has had gay cheerios, both boy (Kurt) and girl (Santana and Brittany). She asks Will that he stop Finn from casting Unique however as Finn is director, Will can't. Finn then crosses a line when listing reasons why Sue should accept this referring to her baby Robin as a retard. Sue walks up to Finn and leaves.
Sue is later seen in the staff room when Finn walks in. She immediately refuses this, but Finn insists that he's just trying to apologize for his remark about her baby. Sue doesn't accept his apology and believes that Finn is full of hate. Just when he's about to leave for rehearsal, Sue tells him that since he is not a staff member, he can't reserve the auditorium. So she booked the room for her Cheerios, forcing Finn to find a new rehearsal space.
Her next step in foiling the musical is by bringing in Wade's parents. She called them, informing them of his role, and his parents were unaware of it. They support him, but believe that Unique should appear time-to-time, and are afraid of his safety. Therefore, they were forced to pull him out of the show, leaving Finn with no Rizzo.
Sue is seen in the audience for Sectionals with Robin and has plans that when Robin wakes up it will be during New Directions performance and her wailing will distract everyone from their performance. When Will arrives Sue makes a sarcastic comment towards him and Emma.
Finn is seen for the first time when she comes into the choir room after Sectionals to inform the New Directions they have been disqualified due to leaving the stage.
Some time after she is seen taking all the furniture out of the choir room to Finn's surprise. She informs him that Principal Figgins has left her the choir room for her French Canadian inspired circus "Cirque De Sue."
She then tries to take the New Direction's nationals trophy away and run it over with her LaCar, although she isn't successful because Finn clings to it. The principal later confirms to Finn that Sue is using the choir room rightful.
Sue is first seen writing in her journal. She writes: "Dear Journal, it's Christmas again...that time of year when parents aren't arrested for forcing their children to sit on an old man's weirdly hot lap. That magical season when five seemingly separate storylines are cleverly sandwiched between commercial breaks,and then tied together at the end like a beautiful bow. Like that movie, 'Love, Actually'. Which I don't think anyone really cares for, and yet it is constantly on cable."
Sue pulls Millie Rose as her secret Santa, of whom she is not sure at first who she even is. Sue is not impressed of having to gift her at first, because, as she tells Becky Jackson, she has no idea what to give to her. After she overhears a conversation with Millie Rose and her daughter, Sue decides to sell an ancient tree she cut down to hang ornament on, of which she thinks it is fruitless, in order to give the money to Millie and Marley Rose. She places a lot ofpresents and a Christmas tree decorated with a stocking filled with 800 dollar bills in the Roses house on Christmas Eve, and watches them being surprised over it through the window with Becky.
She is also shown to have trouble finding a Christmas gift for Becky Jackson, because the latter already has most potential presents of Sue.
Sue accuses Finn of peddling smut and vows to stop the calendar, but Finn calls her a hypocrite and suggests that he might investigate the long-standing rumor about a McKinley coach who posed nude for a Penthouse centerfold. Sue half-denies it, but then implies it to be true and insists he'll never find proof she did it because she purchased every last one on E-Bay. Finn enlists Artie to do the job of finding whether Sue posed nude for the Penthouse centerfold.
Finn confronts Sue with an envelope containing the infamous issue of Penthouse, and she says she's surprised he's succeeded, as she thought she'd purchased every existing copy on eBay. She admits aloud that she did the spread and can't resist taking a look at herself again, but discovers the envelope only holds an issue of Highlights magazine - however, Finn was recording their conversation and tricked her into confessing the truth on tape. This eventually leaves Sue in a state of shock. When the Glee Club begins to sell and raise money for Regionals, Sue tells Finn she is impressed by the calendar's success and she considers him a worthy adversary.
Sue sits in her office with Santana and tells her that she is aware that she dropped out of college over a month ago. Sue is surprised that alumni like Santana keep visiting and don't have jobs or schools to attend. Santana begs Sue not to tell her mom, but Sue says she can't speak Spanish. She then offers Santana a job as coach of the Cheerios when Sue herself retires.
Sue is later seen walking down the hallway, smiling at Santana, during the performance of Girl on Fire.Getting Married Today and witnesses her escaping the venue.
Sue then walks down the aisle in front of the wedding guests and informs a horrified Will that "Emma has left the building." She is next seen at the wedding reception on the stage with Emma's bouquet that she left behind. She throws it into the audience for Rachel to catch. Sue is last seen during the performance of We've Got Tonite being asked to dance by a male wedding guest, which she accepts.
She is briefly seen in this episode. When Finn and Artie decide to find Emma, they ask Sue if she knows something about it. She replies that Emma used all her vacation days and if she knew where she is, she wouldn't tell them. This is the reason why Finn and Artie then decide to call Emma's parents.Swan Song. She shows no interest to get Tina back, and instead tells her that she should get a new boyfriend. Sue starts to make Blaine ridiculous, when she puts some cement in a hair gel bottle given as a present by Becky, and then pays an airman to pass a message throughout the sky that says: "Blaine is at the bottom," making Blaine angry. That's when Sue and Blaine have a feud, based on Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj's feud on American Idol. Sue, inspired by Becky, starts to act like Minaj.She and Blaine sing I Still Believe/Super Bass, where New Directions must choose who is the winner. Sue wins as she said to him earlier. Blaine, then, has to re-join the Cheerios. Later, she names both Blaine and Becky the new co-captains of the Cheerios.
Sue is first seen going through the security checkpoint to the school carrying donuts which are inspected. She takes the donuts and gives them to Coach Beiste remarking at how serious the school is taking the event and speculating that it may not have even been a gun to which Coach Beiste says that growing up on a farm has taught her what a gun sounds like. Upon hearing that every student is to be interviewed, Sue claims that she was the one responsible for the gun shots and leaves.Sue confesses to Principal Figgins and says that it was an accident when she was cleaning "Uma Thurman" (the name she gave the gun). A flashback is shown of Sue taking the gun out of the vault. Figgins has to fire Sue, but suspects that Sue isn't being completely honest. Will too has suspicions and visits Sue to try to help her. A flashback is shown of what has really happened and it is revealed that Sue is covering for a frightened Becky, who brought the gun to school to protect herself. Sue attempted to take the gun and Becky accidentally fired it and dropped it in fear, causing a second bullet to be fired. Sue hugs a frightened Becky and says it's going to be alright. Once Sue has finished packing, she tells Will to keep an eye on Becky.
She then runs into Ryder in the hall and she tells him she doesn't work at McKinley any more.
Sue is briefly mentioned in this episode. Coach Roz Washington accuses Blaine of putting a hex on Sue, causing her to do the shooting which got her fired.Blaine in one of her training sessions. She tells him that if she had not mistaken Blaine for a butch Israeli girl, she wouldn't have let him in. However, since Blaine survived "Sue 90X," he is allowed to speak. Blaine tells her his worries about Coach Roz running the Cheerios and urges Sue to set the records straight about the shooting incident.
She is then seen at McKinley talking to Becky on the bleachers. Becky Jackson asks Sue to come back as she can no longer stand how Roz treats her. Sue tells Becky that leaving McKinley was the best thing to happen to her because as a trainer, people respect her. She insists she's moved on and is through devoting her life to the self-centered Cheerios imagining a scenario of turning on them set to Little Girls from the musical "Annie." She says she doesn't miss the girls at all.
Sue returns to McKinley to collect her baby's placenta from the fridge. She then joins Will in an attempt to remedy Brittany's behaviour after she returns from MIT. Brittany forces both Sue and Will onto Fondue For Two where she unveils who Robin's celebrity father is, Michael Bolton. Sue explains that since she saved him from choking, he owed her a favor and that they had a very interesting sex life.Figgins to get him fired, Sue returns to McKinley High as principal. In her new office, she talks to Roz and Will who believe they are getting fired out of spite. However, Sue tells them that in order for her plan to become permanent principal to work, the must win in their respective competitions. If they don't, then she will fire them. Later on, she approaches Figgins as he is polishing the floors. In addition on planning to replace his secretary with Becky when she returns, she also dumps a bucket of grade D meat on the newly cleaned floor. This ignites a feud between them.
As Will starts explaining his lesson plan to the glee kids, Sue interrupts him over the intercom and announces this year's prom court. She then later interrupts Will again in his conversation with Sam, telling him that she's instituting vaccinations (some for diseases that have been entirely eradicated) and is starting the glee club. When Sam is talking to Penny in the Nurse's Office, she tells him that Sue fired her for incompetence. Sam runs to Sue's office, begging her not to fire Penny because she managed to give him his shots (which he was terrified of). Though distracted by is large mouth, Sue takes notice of Sam's crush and agrees not to fire her. During the prom, Sue announces the winners of prom king and queen. The next school day, Roz drags Bree into Sue's office, demanding punishment for the prom fiasco she caused. Sue, however, sees a bit of herself in Bree and decides to instead promote her to captain of the Cheerios and buy her a La Car. She then assigns Bree with the mission of taking down the glee club, believing they do their best when they have a strong enemy.Will, Emma, and Shannon's surprise. When Shannon calls her out on it, Sue claims it's her defense mechanism, even though it's how she normally acts. She then tells them that the best thing they can do is help the kids move on and not focus so much on the sadness of the event, saying Finn wouldn't have wanted that. Later on she speaks to Kurt in her office, telling him that the memorial tree she planted for Finn has been taken and that she needs him to pay for a new one, seeing as he paid for the first one. In the hallway, Bree tells Santana that Sue has ordered them to take down Finn's locker memorial. Furious, Santana barges into Sue's office, claiming that she never liked Finn and that Finn probably hated her just as much. The two get into a very heated argument, with Sue threatening to call the police if Santana doesn't leave. The altercation ends with Santana shoving Sue into a shelving unit before finally storming out. However, when Santana comes back to apologize, Sue tells her that she was absolutely right about everything. She confesses her deep regret of never telling Finn how much of a great guy he was or how much potential he had as a person and teacher.
Sue calls Bree to her office asking her to explain her Lady Gaga outfit. Bree tells her all about the this week's Glee Club assignment and they both agree it is the most annoying thing the Glee Club has ever done. Sue ends the conversation with a rant about always having to choose between female pop archetypes, which completely confuses Bree.Sue reads the morning announcements warning the students it is again flee and tick season, so they should expect their "overly hormonal acne riddled" bodies. Becky interrupts her announcement with an announcement of her own.
She interrupts Will's Glee Club meeting and suspends all of the members because of the outfits they wore that week. Will stands up to her and she declares that "the war" is on again. The New Directions start singing Roar, and she suspends the band as well, although she doesn't know their names. She then leaves the choir room annoyed by the performance, but the students follow her.
In “Sue's Corner“ Sue slams down twerking, calling it inappropriate and the new record down for America. She asks that in addition to twerking being banned at McKinley that it be outlawed in schools around the country. The glee club doesn't want to accept the ban and break into a very twerky performance of Blurred Lines. Sue becomes immediately outraged by this performance and fires Will consequently. Will, however, announces that he won't put up with it. In order to discuss Sue's ban on twerking Will invites a meeting of the school board to McKinley. He gives the board a historic overview of dance techniques, such as waltz, rock'n'roll and dirty dancing, claiming that they all had something in common: They all were considered inappropriate when they were new, but that nobody became upset about them anymore 20 years later. Sue soon invites Will into her office once more, where she reveals to have organised a Dixie toilet for Unique, which has to remain in the choir room permanently. When Sue finds out about Will giving Unique the permission to use the teacher's restroom she orders him into her office again. There Sue offers him a deal: She'd grand Unique full-time access to the teacher's restroom if the glee club stops the twerking assignment. Will refuses, though, saying that he won't have the glee club be suppressed. True to Sue's ideal he demages the secretary's office on his way out. At the end of the episode Will announces that the twerking assignment has been canncelled. When the students question his decision, Unique stands up and takes the blame, saying that Will ended up accepting Sue's offer for her well-being.
The episode starts with Will walking down the hallways McKinley High where several students are gathering around tables where there are jobs presented to them. Will asks Sue what this is all about. Sue informs him that this is the first annual William McKinley High Career Fair. When Will points out that most of these jobs are terrible and that there are no jobs in the arts department, Sue makes clear that there are no other options for high school drop-outs and that there is no such thing as a career in the arts. But that if Will wants he can tell them about his path, how he tried being on Broadway, failed and ended as a teacher, who’s leading a glee club, because that is all the arts have to offer to these students and therefore, Sue is not willing to inform them about them in her Career Fair.
In the hall Artie is confronting Becky about her future plans, telling her that he would be happy to help her find the right college for her. Sue interrupts them and leaves with Artie. She asks him what he is doing. When he tells her that he wanted Becky to help with her future plans, Sue makes clear that he should leave Becky alone as she already has a job as her Beckretary in a safe environment and that she will stay here at McKinley.
Sue calls Artie to her office and when he is there, she goes to her cupboards and takes out a hammer and an ear douche. She tells Artie once again that he should leave Becky alone and puts the ear douche into his ear, because she assumes that he didn’t hear her properly the last time. Artie, however, tells Sue that he is not giving up on Becky and tells her that Becky and he are visiting a college, which is a two hour drive away from Lima and therefore easy to visit. Sue tells him that even though Becky wants to go to college, she is not ready yet. Artie replies that it’s her who isn’t ready to let Becky go, since he realizes that she loves Becky like a daughter. He wheels out of her office, but Sue tells him that he should ask some hard questions, like if there is Wi-Fi and if the food makes the students gain weight. Artie agrees and leaves.
Sue asks Becky to sit with her in her office, because she wants to talk about her going to college, telling her that she could see the dream bubbles above her head all day long. Becky tells her that the college she chose was great and Sue asks her if she is sure she’s ready. Becky says that she has outgrown those high school bitches and that she is ready, but she doesn’t want Sue to be sad about it. Sue says she will be since Becky is the best secretary anyone could have, but she is more proud of her than she is sad. Sue then offers to help Becky write her application essay.
In the hallway Becky and Sue are seen decorating a new table for the Career Fair: The Arts. Will comes along and asks what has caused this change of mind. Sue tells him that everyone deserves to have a shot at their dreams even though no one will become a star. Tina and a few other members of the New Directions approach them and Tina tells Sue that they will make their dreams come true. Sue disagrees, but drops the subject as Blaine and Sam are back from New York. Sam spills the news about Blaine having an awesome NYADA audition and that he won’t go to college, like Billy Joel, who was never in college, a fact Will forgot to mention. Becky calls them all crazy and Will replies that she may be right and they are crazy. Sue senses yet another Billy Joel song and asks them to stop, because this would only lead to angst and worse things. Will starts to perform You May Be Right with New Directions.Figgins as he is cleaning the floor, telling him that the floors aren’t clean enough. When Figgins replies that he’s doing the best he can, Sue claims that the floor cleaning is a metaphor for him being principal. He did his best, but it just wasn’t good enough. Under her “reign” the students have become better in almost every category and that she is the way better principle. Sue then calls her into her office, where to advisers wait for Sue. They ask her why she wants to be principle. Sue answers that she was born to be in charge and that the school will be the best in the state if she’d stay principle. She points out all the improvements she has achieved and the two men are impressed. They guarantee her their vote and the first one leaves. The second one, however, asks Sue out on a date, but he thinks that Sue is a man. Sue is shocked, but doesn’t tell him that she’s a woman.
In her office Sue tells Becky that it bumps her out that that the man thought she was a man. Sue then reveals the story of how she got to wear her iconic tracksuit: When she was a new teacher at McKinley High she only wore dresses and had long hair, however, no one respected her. Principle Figgins gave her the advice to “try some pants”. She goes into the restroom changes into her red tracksuit and cuts her hair. It has the desired effect of every student respecting and fearing her, but some also think that she’s a man. Becky tells Sue that it wouldn’t hurt to girl up a bit. Sue is seen considering it.
Blaine walks down the hall talking to his Kurt puppet as Sue is seen stumbling down the hall in heels. When she falls Blaine helps her get up. Sue is compelled by his puppet and asks Blaine if he just touched her with this puppet. Blaine tells her that he made it in craft class. Sue yanks it out of Blaine’s hand and tells him that puppets are no longer allowed. Blaine tells her that she can’t ban puppets. Sue thinks that Blaine is less afraid of her because of the heels and that threatens him that if she sees him with his hand up at anything that isn’t human he will be in world trouble, cause she will be evaluated in a few days and that if schizophrenic students are walking down the halls talking to their puppets it will make an bad impression. She then struts away with Blaine’s Kurt puppet.Sue walks to the choir room where Will asks her to let him work for an hour before she comes in insulting him without any reason. Sue tells him about the handsome Harris who was flirting with her, but thought that she was a man. Will tells her a story about Fred Astaire’s female dance partner Ginger who was leading the dance while dancing backwards in high heels. He offers her to teach her to do that in exchange for her giving the glee club $600 for costumes. Sue rejects vehemently and Will walks out the room. Sue sits in the back of the choir room as the gas slowly begins to operate. Sue is seen on a fancy mansion’s balcony in a white gown, Will comes and together they perform Cheek to Cheek. After it a bewildered Sue is woken up by Becky.
As Blaine tries to steal his puppet Sue claps twice to turn on the lights. She tells him to kindly remove his fist from his Kurt puppet and that she had suspected him to come under the cloak of night to get his “buttet” back. She gives him one week detention and doesn't care that he will miss Kurt’s first gig. She tells him to leave her office and “go feel shame”. She then thinks that she saw the Kurt puppet move.
Unique and Sue sit in her office where Sue admits that she hasn't been very nice to Unique and that she doesn't get what is going on with her. She asks God’s most fabulous mistake to help her look more like a lady since Kurt is currently in New York. Unique pulls out her make-up kit and helps Sue.
Sue is seen showing the school board around, winking to Unique. As she enters the choir room Figgins accuses Sue of being a bad principle because she has endangered the students as there is a gas leak in the choir room. Sue correct him that there was a gas leak, but that she fixed it even though it was Figgins job. The school board announces that they want to make her permanent principle for she is everything that the school needs. She asks the man who was flirting with her earlier if he wanted to go out on a date with her, but he refuses her.
The episode starts with Jane Lynch explaining the story behind the Christmas episode which is about to air: In October 2012 the cast and crew of Glee filmed a very controversial episode named Rough Trade Santa. However the Fox executives were coiled in horror, locked the episode away for an entire year and so instead another Christmas episode was filmed. After a year of pleas from fans all over the world the episode now aired with several edits, gone is a whole subplot involving Blaine’s Yule log obsession and the explanation of why Will abandoned his Washington dreams. In the hallway Sam and Tina encounter Becky who tells them that she has special needs. Tina points out that Becky could get away with murder at this school because Sue made it clear that the rules don’t apply to her. Sue comes along telling Becky to go to the nurse and gives Becky her keys for her LeCar. She admits that she treated Becky different than all the others when she should have treated her just the same. She then announces that she will be the one to name the winner of this year’s decorating contest, a long tradition, although there was no such contest in the last three years. She tells them that she can’t wait to give them their well earned last place for their Christmas tree as it will be decorated with condoms and other horrible stuff. She dances down the hallway, making fun of Sam and Tina and their dream to win the competition. New Directions get in line to present Sue their Christmas tree while humming Oh Christmas Tree. Sue inspects it and asks some questions which Tina and Sam answer to her satisfaction. She then admits that they will probably win as Becky, who she thought would win, didn’t get the concept of the Green is Good theme as she only uses green things, but none of them were even the slightest bit nature. She is a little irritated by the still humming glee club, she tells them that she will announce the winner the next morning, but she admits that for once the glee club hasn’t totally messed up and wishes them happy holidays. Will teaches his history class as an announcement of Sue directed to the McKinley idiots starts. She then names all the runners-up for the Politically Correct Green Themed Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. The glee club is announced to be winner which upsets Becky. Will throws his fist in the air for he is happy about their win. Becky then trashed the xylophone and as the crashing sound immediately stops all celebration Sue tells them that everything is fine, shooting a dirty look in Becky’s direction.Becky calls Artie and Tina into Sue’s office. There Sue informs them that they are both tied for senior class valedictorian as number one, since they have identical GPA’s, extra-curricular and a perfect attendance. When Tina says that they can’t be both valedictorian, Sue suggests a friendly competition. They have to give their speeches in front of “some idiots” of Sue’s choice, which will crown the winner valedictorian. Tina and Artie are very unhappy with it and voice their concerns about it being not fair. Becky silences them by saying that life isn’t fair. Before they leave, Sue warns them that if they sing during their speeches because the emotions they feel are overwhelming and they think that they only can be expressed in song that she will make sure that every single drink they’ll have in their life will have a little of her pee in it, which of course disgusts Tina and Artie.
In the auditorium Artie and Tina get ready to give their speeches in front of the idiots of Sue’s choice: Will, Figgins and Beiste. Tina starts giving her speech, but this turns from her valedictorian speech into one about Artie being the right person for the valedictorian. Artie does the same thing, which moves everyone except Sue. She is voicing her anger about it having been a waste of time and that she hates them both. She tells them that the judges will make their decision while she will be trying to find a waste-basket to try-heave mouthfuls of yellow bile into.
In Sue’s office, Tina and Artie sit holding hands while Sue tells them that they split the vote and it is now a tie, which gives her no other choice than to give it to the next person on the list: Blaine. Tina's really upset about it and exclaims: “What!”.
In Sue’s office a disgusted Sue confronts Will and Emma about their intercourse claiming that Becky, who caught them, will be scarred for life. Will apologizes and assures Sue that it won’t happen again. Emma then explains that she is trying to conceive a child and they want it to happen fast since the risk of complications and diseases increases with the age of 35. When Emma mentions Down Syndrome Sue and Becky ask what is wrong with it. Embarrassed Emma and Will answer “nothing”. When Emma goes more into detail about their conceiving act, Sue is obviously nauseated and asks them to leave her office immediately. When the wave of nausea passes, she exclaims: “didn’t even know that” a couple of times.In the teachers room Emma walks up to Will and tells him that her pregnancy test came out negative. Will hug her and tells her that it is ok and that it takes some couples years to finally have a child. He also informs her that he made an appointment at a fertility doctor, Emma is not happy about it and excuses herself. Beiste tells Will that she is sorry for him. Sue gives Will an advice on how to become pregnant which first sounds really ambiguous: When Michael Bolton impregnated her, he called a friend who then played saxophone for them and Michael Bolton used his whole vocal range, so she was very relaxed. Beiste agrees and tells Will that he has to take the pressure away from both of them and Will is thinking about it.
Tina walks down the hall, while Sue announces that the first annual senior lock-in has been approved by the high council. However, she is now cancelling this event due to budget cuts, safety concerns and Obama Care.
In the hotel lobby, Will is having trouble checking in because someone named officer Sue from the FBI had told the hotel staff that they should immediately contact the FBI if a 50 year-old man with 12 teenagers should try to check in. Will is taken aback, but is allowed to check in eventually.Roz Washington shows Sue the Cheerios' Nationals Trophy before she calls Will into her office to tell him that the glee club is officially over since she as the principal has to think of the best for McKinley as a whole and cannot privilege some because she likes them. She tells Will she only makes fun of him because she likes him. She also tells him that she considered the situation more than he can think of, but that in the words of ex-principal Mr. Figgins: "My hands are tied." Will asks her what he can do, suggesting to give a speech about the art and how much the glee club means for him personally, but Sue tells him that it wouldn't make a difference. The choir room will be turned into two class rooms and since they won't need the band's equipment anymore the money from its sale will be used to buy new computers. Will is obviously very upset and Sue seems to be too, even though she has tried countless time to take the glee club down. Surprisingly, she reminds Will of his accomplishments through the past four years and even says that even though he lost the Nationals Championship and the club, he didn't lose. Kurt later reports the club's cancellation to Rachel and Santana. April and Will explain to Sue that as long as April pays for the auditorium, she can decide on who gets to perform there. A victorious Will announces that the glee club will move to the auditorium full-time and that it’s not over for them. Will and April leave the office and Sue, who is very suspicious about April’s claim, tells Becky to investigate the “fishy” business.
Once again in Sue’s office Sue presents the results of her online research. She has found out that April wasn’t allowed to leave the state New York and that now that she did all her bank accounts are frozen. Will is shocked and asks April if this is true. April answers that it sounds true to her. Sue calls the glee club officially over and Will storms out with April running after him.
Sue walks into the teachers lounge, where April and Holly are talking. April tells Sue that Holly and she are playing the kill-marry-bone game. Sue tells her that the only thing that is keeping her from physically removing April from the school is that she hangs out with Holly, meaning she is willing to make an exception. She greets Holly as an old friend. April is surprised that Holly and Sue know is other, and Sue and Holly inform her that they are best friends and auditioning for the Amazing Race together as Team Gorgeous.
Despite Sue's resistance when she brings up the subject of the glee club, Holly suggests there are a lot of other clubs at this school where they can work some music in - since the glee club’s ending doesn’t mean that music is over at the school as well. Holly asks for one week to put her plan into action, which Sue grudgingly agrees to, thinking that it will soften the blow of the glee club’s ending. She leaves a happy April and Holly.
After the failure of Holly's plan, Sue her and Will into her office. She presents an enormous amound of letters from angry students, politicians, lawyers, and parents, and tells them that this is the end of "their little musical project." Holly tries to protest, but Will cuts her off. Promising Sue that it won’t happen again, he runs out of the office, followed by Holly.
In the glee club's goodbye video to Will, Sue and Holly tell his not yet born child what kind of person their father is. Sue says that Will will love her or him unconditionally no matter what - and that this is the best thing about him. In the auditorium, graduation takes place, with Sue announcing the names. She hugs Becky. Finally she announces the last graduate, Brittany S. Pierce, to which everyone cheers loudly.
Will walks in the choir room, where Sue is already waiting for him with her last two wine coolers from the eighties. She tells him that she wanted to save them for something special, Will replying that the funeral of the glee club is as special as it could get for her. Will tells her that he won’t miss all their fights, but Sue says that she definitely will, since "no one ever walked the distance with Sue Sylvester" like he did. All her life she has been searching for a worthy adversary, and she’s sad that the fights are now over. She tells him that he did change the lives of many kids for the better - and even changed her. She says that he’s a horrible History teacher, and an even worse Spanish teacher, but that she has managed to get a job interview at Carmel High for him as the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline, because coaching a glee club is the only way how he could be of any use. Will is stunned, and Sue tells him that he should imagine what would be possible with a real budget and no one like her to try to bring them down. Will is reluctant, since Vocal Adrenaline are "their mortal enemies," but Sue tells him that it’s really over and that it is just a job interview, which he could always blow. She leaves him alone in the choir room, pondering.
Sue appears in Rachel's nightmare, telling her with a contorted voice to go on stage. When Rachel performs Lovefool, Sue is obviously bored and falls asleep, then she leaves the auditorium.In the hallway, Sue runs after Will asking him how he's doing. However, when he starts to answer she tells him that she doesn't care, but that she heard that he had an extra ticket to New York left. Will explains that he has since Emma is too pregnant to fly and Beiste needs to seats so she can't come with him. Sue declares that she will take the ticket, because she needs to see New York and tries to leave. Will stops her asking her why she wants to go there since she seems to hate the city. On a Sue's Corner episode Sue gave her opinion on New York that made clear that she thinks that New York is an over-rated stinking rat hole. A lot of people were outraged by it and when the cable did some research they found out that Sue has never been to New York. Sue then explains that she has been lying a lot in her broadcast and that she now has to visit that place. Will agrees, but tells her that she has to pay him back for it and that she has to come to Rachel's opening night. Sue tells him that he drives a hard bargain, but that she'll do it. Will leaves her office telling her that he is actually looking forward to it. The performance of NYC starts with Sue and Will standing inside a snow globe, then they are on a stage while people with cart box props walk around and dance next to them. Then the scenery changes and Sue and Will are in New York City. Sue exclaims that it smells like barf and Will asks her to follow him.
Sue enters the apartment greeting them with "hello losers." She tells them that she is here to see Rachel choke on her opening night, while Rachel yells that she can hear her. Kurt asks her to stop since Rachel is already freaking out about it. Sue says that she should be, only upsetting Rachel more. She then tells them that she is staying with them since Will has been trying to sleep with her this whole time. Kurt says that she cannot stay with them since he won't let her get anywhere near Rachel. Sue says it's fine because she is staying at his place, exclaiming how grateful she is that there are no sex toys lying around. When Santana returns Sue explains what she'd do when she was about to choke before hundreds of people and then leaves the apartment.At the theatre, Sue is trying to sell her ticket and when Will confronts her about it, she says that she cannot stand the thought of Rachel ruining the show. Will tells her that she promised to see the Sue, but Sue says she has no memory of that, Will leaves her standing there. Sue sees a man who's also trying to sell his ticket, instantly love struck. When the man winks at her she fends off a guy who's trying to buy her ticket and enters the theatre. Rachel performs I'm the Greatest Star and Sue is obviously thinking it is terrible. She asks the New York Times reporter if this performance is supposed to be good and excuses herself a few moments later stating that she is going to have to kill herself now. She leaves followed by the man who winked at her outside of the theatre. She meets the man outside while she is trying to call a taxi. He immediately notices that she must have been never to New York before. He tells her that this was his first Broadway show and that he didn't expect it would make him want to barf so much. Sue can only agree and he asks her out for dinner. The man called Mario takes her to one of his restaurants and cooks for her. Sue points out that she didn't think that this would happen and that she knew Funny Girl would turn out to be disaster, Mario tells her that the show would have been much better had she stared in it. Who Are You Now? starts and Sue is slow dancing with Mario and in a dream sequence she is on stage performing the song instead of Rachel while he watches her.
Rachel, Tina, Kurt, Blaine, Mercedes, Sam and Santana return to the apartment and Rachel makes coffee when a guy dressed in Kurt's robe comes out of Kurt's space and tells her that he takes his coffee black. Everybody stares in shock at the man. Rachel recognizes him as the man who walked out on her show. Sue walks up to the man and kisses him. Everyone is disgusted as Sue tells them that they had sex all over the apartment. Santana tries to speak, but Rachel tells her that she got this and tells Sue what an awful person she are and that she only can find happiness in other people's misery. She says that she only wanted them to feel bad about themselves so they wouldn't realize what Sue knew all along that no one would be able to love Sue. Sue says that she and Mario will leave now since she suddenly doesn't feel very welcomed anymore.
Sue tells Mario goodbye because she cannot stay with him and he cannot come with her. Before the taxi drives away he tells her that the girl wasn't right about what he said about her since she is loveable. On another episode of Sue's Corner Sue says that she's been to New York and that she is not going to take back what she said about it before, but that she was wrong about one thing: she doesn't hate New York, she loves it. And if you are anything like her you can find love in the city or at least have sex in many places in your former students' apartment.
Sue is the ultimate alpha-personality in all the episodes. Seen, always, as calculating, ruthless, devious, sneaky, egotistical, pompous, sarcastic, arrogant, vindictive, sadistic, scheming, manipulative, ungrateful, immoral, sociopathic, cruel, spiteful, bitter, dishonest, greedy, treacherous, dirty, sly, brutal, diabolical, sinister, pure evil, vain, vicious, ambitious, rotten, nasty and unscrupulous. She is without a moral compass and possesses no scruples and conscience. She is also an extremist who shows no compassion, love or concern to anyone, but herself and her sister. She will often do anything and everything in her power to get what she wants and she usually doesn't care who gets hurt in the process. With a sense of great entitlement, she will ignore all rules and regulations that work against her, but have no issue using those same rules against others. Sue's height also leads her to speak down to people, and to name drop and speak of herself as something beyond everyone else.
Sue doesn't handle emotional pain well. If for whatever reason she gets hurt, she will take it out on everyone around her, normally by destroying anything around her and insulting people. These scenes are a scary kind of comical, dramatic music in the background and Sue throwing things around viciously, but at the same time it makes Sue look powerless for all her strength.
She's very good at holding grudges to unhealthy, almost super-villain levels, particularly her desire to destroy the Glee Club for getting money that had once been promised to her Cheerios. Sometimes she ignores these grudges in the short term, when external events reach the softer side she keeps locked deep inside herself.
Sue makes it a point to make fun of Will's hair, often commenting about his curls and his perm,even saying he looks like a sheep and she can't help, but picture "small birds laying sulfurous eggs" in his hair and it revolts her. However, in The Power of Madonna, it's revealed that this hate actually stems from jealousy due to her own awful hair.
Sue also holds no man or woman to her loyalty to anyone save herself and her sister. For example, despite both being members of the school staff, Sue is more than willing to betray Will at the drop of a hat. The same held true for Quinn, who for a long time was a loyal member of her cheerleading squad, and who Sue kicked out for being pregnant.
We see, however, that Sue's aggression and unreliability stem largely from a difficult childhood. Her mannerisms are very much in parallel with her mother's, a woman who left Sue to take care of herself and her handicapable sister at a young age. This explains why she has such a thick emotional shell surrounding her more vulnerable qualities.This softer self isn't gone, just very well hidden from the world, and when it does leak out she's sure to push it back in before too long.
Sue is very loving towards her sister Jean, who suffers from Down's Syndrome and who Sue visits as often as she can.This love for her sister caused Sue to donate money to the school to help disabled kids and to allow a student with Down's syndrome to join the Cheerios. After Jean's passing, the memories Sue relived lead her to apologize to Will for being a bully as opposed a supportive friend, and she called off her vendetta against Glee, an act that is likely to be overlooked for comic effect by the writers for the first act of Season Three, Episode One.
Also, when Sue had thought she had found love, she became noticeably kinder and more understanding towards others, even Will and the Glee Club. However, when she found out she'd been cheated on, she returned to her old cruel and vicious nature.
This kind/cruel dichotomy has happened many times. Her fluctuating personality can change from episode to episode depending on the circumstances, showing perhaps how unstable and lonely, her character is. An alternative theory is Sue's absolute lack of concrete character as highlighted her absolute ability to have coherent, predictable allegiances and stance is actually the result of a complete authorial disregard for continuity.
Sue's age has been somewhat a mystery throughout the series thus far. In The Power Of Madonna, we get the first news of her age when in self monologue she admits she's about to turn thirty despite the fact that she looks like someone in her forties/fifties. As well as that, in Furt, we can clearly see on her dating profile that it says her age is "27." And in Funeral, it's revealed her sister made it well past fifty, and it was said in previous episodes she and Sue went to school together. In a deleted scene from Mash Off, it is revealed that she is in fact fifty-two years old.
Her sharp wit and quick tongue leave funny, clever, and often insane proclamations in their wake, and while they're mostly ill-intended, and usually directed at Will Schuester, are some of the best lines of the show.
- Main article: Sue-Rod Relationship
Although they have not had an actual relationship, after being suspended, Sue took Figgins out to dinner, with Figgins assuring her he wasn't going to back down about her suspension. Sue proceeds to slip Figgins a date rape drug, after which he wakes up in bed naked, next to Sue, who then threatens Figgins to tell his wife about their night. Whether she actually had sex with him, is unknown. Sue has since relinquished the blackmail in exchange for giving New Directions another year.
In "Shooting Star " Figgins is told by Sue about the gun shots being her, he is a little bit sympathic with her, but still says he will have to turn her over. Sue is then seen packing her office so we can assume Figgins told the police and fired Sue.
When a former rival of Will and member of the school board arrives to cut costs, he initially intends to shut down Glee due to his resentment following his failed music career. When Will rekindles Bryan's love of Glee, he turns his attention to cutting the Cheerio's budget. His derisive and sneering behavior seems to strike a familiar chord with Sue when they confront each other about the cuts leading to a witty encounter, despite their lack of wit.
- Main article: Sue-Will Relationship (Wue)
- Main article: Sue-Cooter Relationship (Scooter)
Sue begins dating Cooter to halt rumors about her sexuality. This relationship was probably called off after Sue's loss in the election. Sue later finds out Cooter has married Shannon Beiste.
- Main article: Sue-Kurt Relationship (Surt)
Throughout the first three seasons, Sue seems to take a liking to Kurt above the other members of the New Directions. She takes special care to protect him from harassment and bullying, particularly at the hands of David Karofsky. This may, in part, be due to her experience of the difficulties of being a social outcast, a consequence of having a sister with Downs syndrome, Jean.
- Oklahoma! from Oklahoma! (Mash Off) (Deleted Scene)
- Sue is the first main character to appear in the series.
- Sue rarely calls people by their real names, out of humor, affection, spite, or lack of interest in learning their names.
- Cartoon Network's MAD Funny does a parody segment of Glee, in which during one performance, one of the singers claims, "Not sure if that's a guy!," which is a pokes fun at Jane Lynch's acting.
- The character Jo from the animated series Total Drama is based on Sue Sylvester.
- She claims to be of Trinidadian and Native American heritage.
- In Love, Love, Love, she changed her name to Susan Rodham Sylvester.
- Main article: Sue's Quotations
Will Schuester (former)